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Fisheries

After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again

SEATTLE (AP) — Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted the crew towing in the body of a gray whale. His shop class worked to clean the bones and reassemble the skeleton, which hangs in a tribal museum.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Run of 48.9 M sockeyes forecast for Bristol Bay in 2020

Bristol Bay’s sockeye salmon fishery is forecast to produce a run of nearly 49 million fish in 2020, with a harvest of 34.56 million reds, exceeding the harvest forecast of 26.11 million fish in 2019, when fishermen actually caught over 43 million reds.

International
Advocacy

Challenges in restoring Canadian marine biodiversity

Weaknesses in Canada’s efforts to sustain healthy oceans need to be addressed. For five deficiencies, the Royal Society of Canada has options.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

Feds agree to more environmental scrutiny of sea walls, bulkheads on Puget Sound shoreline

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will give more scrutiny to sea walls, bulkheads or other armoring of the Puget Sound shoreline under a court-approved plan to resolve a lawsuit.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

Four Quirky, Kooky Moments of Oregon Coast History

Written history around these shores doesn’t go back very far: Europeans hadn’t really touched this place much until decades after Lewis & Clark. It makes for about 150 years of worth of records. But local tribes passed on some more ancient moments by mouth, and geologists started putting other parts of the puzzle together in the ages before tribes could remember.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again

Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted the crew towing in the body of a gray whale. His shop class worked to clean the bones and reassemble the skeleton, which hangs in a tribal museum.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

Oregon: Cannon Beach sends back ordinance that would require horses to wear manure-catching bags

The Cannon Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 5, to take no action and send an ordinance back to the parks division that would require people to strap a manure-catching bag around their horses at all times while riding in the town.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

PSU study finds microplastics in majority of razor clams and oysters collected on Oregon coast

The synthetic fibers that make up much of our modern clothing are making their way into the stomachs of the animals we eat, according to a new study from researchers at Portland State University.

Federal

Chamber of Shipping: Canada's Oceans Protection Plan Needs Improvement

Today, the Chamber of Shipping released a Report Card on the progress of the Oceans Protection Plan (OPP) as it relates to commercial shipping. Overall, the fifty-plus programs under the OPP have had varied levels of success. Certain programs have suffered from a lack of resources and a lack of an integrated approach between Federal Departments. Additionally, there has been little intent to connect OPP programs with Government reviews associated with port governance, and supply chain efficiency and productivity, missing an opportunity to align the OPP with trade objectives.

Pacific Northwest
Science

Why are birds and seals starving in a Bering Sea full of fish?

Special report: After the Ice -- This is the second installment of a Seattle Times series exploring climate change in the northern Bering Sea region. The series is part of the Pulitzer Center’s Connected Coastlines reporting initiative. For more information, go to pulitzercenter.org/connected-coastlines

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Deadly Algae Are Creeping Northward

In a warming ocean, Alexandrium algae are shredding marine food webs—and disrupting beloved Alaska traditions.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

WA Colville Tribes Combat Climate Crisis With Forests

Paying foresters for carbon drawdown could help avert climate disaster.

International
Fisheries

Canadian Province Needs to Do More to Prevent Environmental Incidents in Aquaculture, says Premier

Premier Dwight Ball says government needs to work with industry leaders to make sure an event like the die-off of over 2.6-million salmon on the province’s south coast, never happens again.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Oyster growers agree to abandon quest to use controversial insecticide in Southwest Washington tidelands

A Southwest Washington oyster growers association has abandoned a quest to use a controversial insecticide that combats burrowing shrimp, a creature that can make tidelands unfit for shellfish farming.

Pacific Northwest
Science

After Menopause, Killer Whale Moms Become Pod Leaders (My wife asked me to post this)

As one of only a handful of animals on the planet to live many years after menopause, killer whales have just provided new insight into the benefits of this seemingly strange reproductive strategy. Females that are past their child-bearing years go on to become group leaders with valuable survival skills, scientists report today in the journal Current Biology.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

Prepping for The Big One: Oregon coastal hospitals get creative with disaster planning

The state of Oregon is pushing the community hospitals along the Oregon Coast to improve their earthquake resilience. This comes after a state report predicted none of them would be able to sustain operations after the feared Big One -- a magnitude 9 offshore Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.

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